The aim of the project is the collaborative production of a learning resource that engages students through an online simulation.
Significant & Benefit
This project aims to evaluate an ongoing collaboration between academics, practitioners, educational designers and media technologists, in the development of online simulated cases for Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice. The dual purpose of this project is to build on the team’s experience of interdisciplinary practice and online simulation, to clarify a model of best practice for collaboration, and to progress the development of the learning resource from single cases to a virtual community
This project will enable students to work collaboratively in a virtual community ‘Riverina Shore’. Students may work in discipline groups to evaluate profession- specific issues for people living in the community, or may work in inter-disciplinary teams to explore the complex interplay of factors which influence a person’s health and wellbeing. If 40 final year students from 14 courses participated in the virtual community, a total of 560 students would benefit from this online simulation each year. The development of students as curious practitioners with advanced problem solving skills, capable of effective inter-professional practice, ensures that CSU graduates are the practitioners of choice.
Participation in this project will strengthen existing relationships between academics, practitioners, educational designers and media technologists. The opportunity to work collaboratively will enhance creativity of the individuals and the group. The sharing of alternative perspectives and learning about different ways of working, will enrich the practice of all the participants. This project will enable inter-disciplinary practice through the collaborative development of an online simulation. Learning through collaborative working will facilitate the development of an improved model for the delivery of online learning resources, and this knowledge will be transferable to other contexts.
Caroline Robinson – Courses Director SCH and SESSH (Project Lead)
Ryun Fell – Senior Media Technologist
Kerri Hicks – Educational Designer
Rachel Rossiter – Nursing academic
Louise Breheny – Physiotherapy academi
This will explore the potential for interaction between clients, students, practitioners and academics, in the context of a range of settings in which healthcare activities may occur. A community is inherently complex – comprising health, social, cultural, environmental and political issues –and this would enable participation of students from a broad range of disciplines. This online simulation could be used by multiple professions in their own discipline groups, for example: occupational therapy; physiotherapy; podiatry; rehabilitation science; speech pathology; nursing; pharmacy; nutrition and dietetics; dental and oral health; education; exercise science; environmental sciences; social sciences; business studies.
Additionally, the community may be used for inter-professional activities in which students learn from, with and about each other, as they interact with the cases. ‘Riverina Shore’ therefore, has the potential to enable inter- professional learning about practice. As the virtual community provides a simulated workplace learning experience, its use may enable a reduction in the hours/weeks required for external placements. Core skills such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, clinical reasoning and project management could be developed using this online learning resource, thus creating an opportunity for reducing workplace learning expenses for students, the School and the university.
The key deliverables from this project will be:
- An activity theory based model for collaborative practice in the development of online simulations.
- An online simulation comprising a virtual community ‘Riverina Shore’. This community will provide students and practitioners with the opportunity to engage collaboratively with virtual clients, within a range of real-world contexts.